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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Matt Kemp, New York Mets agree to minor-league contract

The New York Mets announced Friday that they’ve signed outfielder Matt Kemp to a minor-league contract about 20 days after the Cincinnati Reds released him.

Kemp had joined the Reds in a blockbuster deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers during the offseason, but he hit just .200 with one home run and five RBIs in 60 at-bats before missing the 11 games with a broken rib before Cincinnati released him.

In 14 big-league seasons, the 34-year-old Kemp has hit .285 with 281 home runs, 1,010 RBIs and 183 stolen bases. He was an All-Star in 2018 with the Dodgers.

Given how big a need the Mets seem to have for outfielders, wondering who else they’ll be placing bids on.

 

QLE Posted: May 25, 2019 at 06:04 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt kemp, mets being mets

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Cincinnati Reds release Matt Kemp, demote Scott Schebler and call up Cody Reed

Reds manager David Bell didn’t call it a shakeup. But releasing Matt Kemp and demoting Scott Schebler on the same day are two pretty big moves, especially after a 12-11 loss in which the Reds blew 8-0 and 10-3 leads.

“With Matt, it was about we had made the decision,”  Bell said.  “And we didn’t want to delay that decision. The way the roster constructed, the outfield, he wasn’t going to be a part of that mix.

“It really wasn’t anything to shake anything up. We’re not satisfied by any means with where we are – not even close. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve every day. But, at the same time, we’re not at a point where we’d do anything to shake it up. I think there are a lot of good things happening. Last night was disappointing. But if you look at the overall in the last couple of weeks, a lot of good things have happened. I don’t want to say we played well because our expectations are high.”

This wasn’t what they had in mind when they traded for him, is it?

QLE Posted: May 05, 2019 at 03:37 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: david bell, matt kemp, reds, releases

 

 

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